April 2017 Newsletter

VOICe has a new look! Don't worry, we still offer the same free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

For more information about VOICe's services, please call our 24-hour hotline at 1.800.400.8551, or visit our website .

April is...
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Impacting survivors and loved ones, sexual violence damages communities; it's up to each and every one of us to help prevent sexual violence in our community. At the rate of those statistics, we can't afford to ignore the issue anymore. The first step is believing survivors.

Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact, ranging from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and murder. Sexual violence can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person's will.
A person may use
  • force,
  • threats,
  • manipulation, or
  • coercion to commit sexual violence.
There is a social context that surrounds sexual violence. Social norms that
  • condone violence,
  • using power over others,
  • traditional constructs of masculinity,
  • the subjugation of women, and
  • silence about violence and abuse contribute to the occurrence of sexual violence.
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Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a topic that has recently deeply impacted the community of Butler, and it's important that we support each other through this time.

In 2015, Butler County had 445 reports of child abuse. As a community, we cannot tolerate abuse of any kind. Child abuse means intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly doing any of the following:
  • Causing bodily injury to a child through any recent act or failure to act.
  • Fabricating, feigning or intentionally exaggerating or inducing a medical symptom or disease which results in a potentially harmful medical evaluation or treatment to the child through any recent act.
  • Causing sexual abuse or exploitation of a child through any act or failure to act.
  • Creating a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to a child through any recent act or failure to act.
  • Creating a likelihood of sexual abuse or exploitation of a child through any recent act or failure to act.
  • Causing serious physical neglect of a child.
  • Causing the death of the child through any act or failure to act.
  • Child abuse also includes certain acts in which the act itself constitutes abuse without any resulting injury or condition.

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week

As Advocates, it's our job to provide options and support decisions. For many, having to deal with systems after an abusive relationship can be overwhelming and seem like a re-victimization. We are here to help victims of crime navigate their rights and options in order for them to make their best informed decision. All victims have rights.

You have the right to be told about...
  • basic services available to you in your county
  • certain court events, including information on bail, escape of offender, release of an offender
  • the details of the final disposition of a case
You have the right to receive...
  • notice of the arrest of the offender
  • information about restitution and assistance with compensation
  • accompaniment to all criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate or a support person
You have the right to provide input into...
  • the sentencing decision and to receive help in preparing an oral and/or written victim impact statement post sentencing decisions
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Volunteer at VOICe

There is only so much our staff can do without help from dedicated, compassionate members of the community such as yourself.

Every hour you can give, and every task you can help us complete, helps survivors in Butler County. No matter how big or how small your actions, YOU make the difference.

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Join Our Board

VOICe is looking for local residents interested in shaping the social change of our community. The agency operates with several standing committees. Each committee is an integral part of agency operations and is in need of talented members like you!

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111 South Cliff Street, Suite 1A
   Butler, PA 16001  
  Butler Office: 724.283.8700 
    Outreach Office: 724.776.5910 
    24-Hour Hotline: 1.800.400.8551